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China Travel Planning & Travel Tips
Embassy Contact Information: U.S. citizens other than tourists at major hotels are encouraged to register at the U.S. Embassy or at one of the U.S. Consulates General in China. They may also obtain updated information on travel and security within the country at the Embassy or Consulates General. It is possible to register from the United States via the Internet through the U.S. Embassy's home page at http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/.
China Climate: We prefer seeing northern China during September and October and southern China and Hong Kong in November and December. China's climate is one of extremes—hot summers in most parts of the country, bitter winters in the north and comfortable winters in the south. Winters in China can feel colder because the heating is never quite right (either too cold or too hot), but gloriously thick quilts and thermoses of hot water are provided everywhere, even in cheaper hotels and on trains. Spring rains can make southern cities (especially Guilin and Guangzhou) dreadfully humid. Sandstorms can be a problem in the north (including Beijing) in April. Tibet can be bitter cold, even in the autumn and late spring. If you don't take enough warm clothing in the winter, you can easily find practical cold-weather gear in most areas of China (though stocks are limited in Tibet).
Electricity: The electricity in Beijing is 220 volts, alternating current (AC), 50 cycles. Outlets come in a variety of configurations. You may have to supply your own transformers and modem adapters in some hotels, but better hotels now supply a range of standard adapters for electrical appliances and electronic devices. The most common adapters are the narrow round 2-pin, the slanted 2-prong, and the 3-prong types.
Calling Internationally: The country code for China is 86. The city code for Beijing is 010. If you are calling a Beijing number from outside the capital but within China, dial the city code (010) and then the number. If you are calling Beijing from abroad, drop the first zero.
Travel Insurance for China Trips: You should consider the benefits of travel insurance as part of your China travel planning. Most travelers look for travel tips that discuss the importance of travel insurance and travel insurance through Travel Guard can provide important coverage for your trip.
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